Toon secure all three points in atrocious conditions at Balmoor

Cammy Kerr pokes home the opener from close range.
Cammy Kerr pokes home the opener from close range.

Peterhead 2

Stenhousemuir 0

Peterhead's David Cox gets away from Kris Faulds.

Peterhead's David Cox gets away from Kris Faulds.

Torrential rain, ferocious winds, a fine debut goal, a missed penalty but most importantly three points made this an interesting afternoon at Balmoor.

The horrendous conditions made good football impossible and the opening half hourbordered on the farcical as the teams exchanged wayward long range efforts.

The game suddenly burst into life after 32 minutes and the scrappy nature of the opener summed up the conditions.

Jamie Redman cut into the left side of the penalty area and squared to Rory McAllister.

Nickey Riley turns Jamie McCormack.

Nickey Riley turns Jamie McCormack.

His first shot was blocked and his second fell to full back Cammy Kerr who eventually found the bottom right corner of the net with a toe-poke after his first effort had been blocked.

Three minutes later Jamie Stevenson’s progress into the left corner of the box was halted by a crude challenge by Ross Meechan.

However, the normally reliable McAllister failed to strike the ball with enough power allowing Stenhousemuir keeper Greg Fleming to dive and save by the left hand post.

Any thoughts that the missed spot kick was going to affect the Blue Toon moral were soon dispelled as the second half belonged to the home side and an early shot that stung the palms of Fleming by Nicky Riley gave hope of more goals.

It was game over just short of the hour mark.

It started with a Steven Noble throw in from the left touchline and the ball quickly found its way to new boy Kevin Dzierzawski, the American on-loan from Queen of the South.

He played a one-two with McAllister before driving into the penalty area and finishing in style clipping the ball over the advancing Fleming.

McAllister shot across goal and wide before a late fling from Stenny threatened to produce a consolation goal but Graeme Smith in the home goal kept his concentration making some important saves.

On Saturday Peterhead make the relatively short trip to Forfar who are in one of the play-off places.

If the Blue Toon can keep their fine away form going, and make the most of their games in hand, joining them certainly isn’t out of the question.

PETERHEAD: Smith, Kerr, Noble, Strachan, Donaldson, Dzierzawski, Cox (McLaren 89), Redman, McAllister (Rodgers 80), Stevenson, Riley (Brown 65). Subs (unused) - Jarvie, Smith

Attendance: 454